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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Smith

I am responsible, along with my assistant, Lesley, for organising all resident activities such as arts and crafts, poetry and reading groups, arranging outings in our mini bus and much, much more.

It gives me such a thrill to make every day special and fun for residents. Finding something for everyone is always my goal - from meetings with the University of the Third Age, doing exercises, art, singing or simply chatting to residents in their rooms. Making every day meaningful is my aim.
I count myself lucky to have such a fun job!

Activities at Wadhurst Manor

On a weekly basis we have many visitors to the home from the people like the University of the Third age and local small animal farms, who bring in their chickens and sheep. We also like to go out shopping and on day trips to local garden centres and when the weather is good picnics and tours of the beautiful local countryside. We have speciality days at the home which could be a theme of a country, or for specific times of year, including Halloween, Bonfire Night or Christmas. We have card games and art classes and a serious knitting team in the home who produce blankets and premature baby clothes for the local maternity unit.

 

Life at our home

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National Cream Tea Day

Wadhurst Manor in Wadhurst brewed up a storm for National Cream Tea day on the 29th June.

The afternoon kicked off with a spot of magic from Marco the Magician with full participation from all the audience. He then went on to introduce the characters and give us a brief history of the Punch & Judy show before the live performance. The finale of the show brought the house down when he produced Tom the rabbit from a seemingly empty house. Tom then stole the show being passed round the residents for a stroke.

 

Refreshments then followed, where residents finally putting an end to the controversial debate of cream before jam for the Cornish tradition or jam before cream as part of the Devonshire tradition with homemade scones enjoyed both ways and a fes-tea-val of herbal and classic teas.

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Messing about on the river

Wadhurst Manor residents took to the water for the most amazing day out in the glorious sunshine. We boarded The Kingfisher at Medway Wharf Marina, Wateringbury, then cruised downstream towards Maidstone. Keith our hosts for the day explained, as we passed under Teston Bridge, that it was one of the oldest pack horse bridges in the country. Passing through the locks he explained how they worked and told us a bit of the rivers history, several of the residents reminisced over passed experiences on the waterways.

It was so lovely to really take in  the beautiful Kent countryside at a leisurely pace and enjoy the abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. As we waited at the lock one of our residents was very excited to spot a couple of dragonflies playing in the sun and the highlight for many was feeding the swans at the end. When we returned nobody wanted to leave the boat.

Resident John Martin said afterwards “it was tremendous, a great experience. I am still enjoying the memories and would love to do it again.” He was pleased to hear that Barchester Health Trust had contributed to the initial funding of the Kingfisher.

Everyone at Wadhurst Manor would like to thank all those involved with The Kingfisher Medway Trust for a truly fantastic day out.

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Pet Pals

Residents had a wonderful time playing with some beautiful kittens brought in by Pet Pals. For many it brought back memories of their own cats and kittens and sparked a lot of conversation and reminiscing.

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When the Oak Spoke

Wadhurst Manor residents attended the launch event of Wadhurst Culture’s Woodland Web project, ‘When the Oak spoke’. It was a wonderful family day and the visual arts project celebrated Wadhurst's Trees. Wadhurst Manor has been lucky enough to have been a part of the project from the beginning, with Beccy coming in and running workshops with residents on the Elderly Frail and Memory Lane units.

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Ball Games Allowed

We had several relatives join us for fun with the beach ball. There was a lot of smiling and laughter going on and we managed not to break anything, which is always a plus.

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Green Fingers All Round

Residents enjoyed a trip to the local garden centre to plan out what to put in the raised beds and hanging baskets.

Upcoming events

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Room Hire

We have a room available for weekly or monthly hire to members of the local community.

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Cheese and Wine Afternoon

We would like to invite you to come to enjoy a selection of delicious cheeses and wine.

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Don't Dine Alone

We know meal times can be lonely for some older people.

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